Everyone has their own opinion and personal preference of which tools work best for which job, but I’m sure everyone can agree that advancements in technology are definitely necessary. Could you imagine if we still used wooden pipes for plumbing? What would it be like for you to work on and repair issues with those?
One plumbing company in Texas just discovered a rare wooden pipe that could date back to the 1890s. According to the city of Pampa’s Director of Public Works Gary Turley, by the 1920s the city “had begun using cast iron and galvanized steel pipes for water.” Nowadays, most plumbers use steel, PEX, or any other number of materials, but surely not wood. So where did this ancient wooden one come from?
It actually could have been in existence before the town of Pampa was even incorporated. Back in the 1700s, wooden pipes were the staple; cities would use hollowed-out logs to work with their water systems. We’ve come a long way since then, that’s for sure. But still, imagine having your water supply running through a wooden pipe like this.
The wooden pipe will be donated by William Bridgeman of Little Bill’s Plumbing to the White Deer Land Museum in order to preserve history, educate others, and to share the journey that not only the city of Pampa has gone through, but also the plumbing community and civilization as a whole.